Best Thermostat Settings for Summer Heat
Controlling the temperature inside your home or business has never been easier with the use of central air conditioning systems and programmable thermostats. You can easily adjust your thermostat to any setting you like. If comfort is your main goal, bump it down as low as you like. If you’re more concerned about energy costs – but you’d still like to be comfortable – that takes a little more finesse.
We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that just about everyone falls into the second category. You want to be cool and comfortable inside your home, or make your business a desirable place to be temperature-wise. Keep in mind that you don’t want to spend a lot of unnecessary cash to make it happen.
The best thermostat setting for you really depends on where you live. In hot-weather states like Texas, Arizona, and Florida, the summer temperatures can rise to over 100 degrees daily. An air conditioning system that is set on 80 degrees, then, will feel pretty comfortable when compared to the outdoor temperatures.
Where to Start
As a general rule, experts agree that 78 is the magic number for your thermostat. This is considerably cooler than the summer temperatures for many parts of the country. It is universally considered to be a comfortable temperature. Additionally, a thermostat set at 78 degrees will positively impact your summer cooling costs.
If 78 degrees is too hot for you and your family, you’ll need to play around a little with the indoor temperature until you get it just right. Ideally, you want a smaller difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures. Just a few degrees can make a big difference when coming from the outside to the inside. Therefore, if the outside temperature is in the 100s, a setting of 82 might feel really good!
Keep in mind, too, that in humid climates, the air conditioner in your home helps to reduce the humidity inside as well as cooling things off. Your perfect temperature needs to be a balance of efficiency, humidity control and cool comfort.
Remember this golden rule of air conditioning: Set the thermostat as warm as you can and still remain comfortable.
Are you interested in saving even more money on your energy costs during the summer? It’s estimated that you can save about 7% more on your bill for every degree above 78!
Besides the actual temperature at which you set the thermostat, there are some other considerations. For example, if you are going to be away from home for more than four hours, you can save a lot of money by adjusting the thermostat accordingly. Turn up the AC by 8 to 10 degrees about 30 minutes before you are planning to leave for the day.
Maintain those energy-saving temperatures throughout the day, and leave the AC alone at night as well. Many people claim that they have to have it cold in their bedroom to be able to sleep at night. Turning the air conditioner way down will raise your power bill more than you realize. You could try a floor fan or install a ceiling fan to create a nice breeze for sleeping. Cooler climates may make it possible for you to shut off the AC completely at night. Then you can raise the windows instead.
Many people believe that your air conditioner must work harder to cool their home after it has been turned off or down. That’s simply not true, and any professional air conditioning company will tell you so! There is absolutely no downside to adjusting your air conditioner’s thermostat during the day, either with a programmable thermostat or doing it manually.
Setting your thermostat to an excessively low temperature will not actually cool your home much better than putting it on a reasonable temperature and leaving it alone. The lower setting will cause the AC to run constantly as it tries to reach that low temperature, and all the while you’ll have cool air escaping from your home. A higher thermostat setting slows the flow of heat into your house so your air conditioner won’t have so much heat to work against.
To combat the desire to adjust the thermostat, you can reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. This will pull air up through the rooms of your home, creating a nice breeze. You can also add some spot ventilation in the laundry room where the dryer creates a good bit of heat. And remember to turn on the bathroom fan after a shower to rid your home of that excess humidity.
With all of these helpful hints, it should be easy to find that perfect thermostat setting for the summer heat!